Establishment Plains Farm Academy

URN: 139389

Academy sponsor led

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Tudor Grove, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR3 1SU
Local authority
Sunderland (394)
Headteacher / Principal
Miss Lesley Cassidy
Phase of education
School type
Academy sponsor led
Gender of entry
URN: 139389, DfE number: 394/2001
UKPRN: 10040758
Establishment status
Admissions policy
Not applicable
Ofsted rating
Good (Last inspection: 8 May 2019)
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Religious character
Does not apply
Not applicable
Religious ethos
No boarders
Nursery provision
Has Nursery Classes
Official sixth form
Does not have a sixth form
Number of pupils
Section 41 approved
Not applicable
Open date
1 April 2013
Reason establishment opened
New Provision
Closed date
Not recorded
Reason establishment closed
Not recorded
Special classes
Not applicable
Percentage of children eligible for free school meals Help with percentage of children eligible for free school meals field Opens a dialog
Date last changed / confirmed
13 April 2021
Type of SEN provision
Type of resourced provision
Not recorded
Resourced provision number on roll
Resourced provision capacity
Special Educational Needs (SEN) unit number on roll
Special Educational Needs (SEN) unit capacity

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Chair of local governing body

Chair of local governing body
Name Shared with Appointed by From To
Stephen Ruffell Not recorded Appointed by GB/board 14 October 2020 31 December 2021

Local governors

Local governors
Name Shared with Appointed by From To
Amy Cuthbertson Not recorded Elected by parents 23 March 2021 23 March 2025
Rebecca Watson Not recorded Elected by school staff 23 March 2021 23 March 2025
Caroline Orchard Not recorded Elected by school staff 15 January 2021 15 January 2025
Helen Greener Not recorded Appointed by GB/board 16 January 2020 16 January 2024
Stephen Ruffell Not recorded Appointed by GB/board 26 March 2019 26 March 2023
Kevin Byers Not recorded Appointed by GB/board 7 December 2017 7 December 2021
Lesley Cassidy Not recorded Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal 1 September 2016 Not recorded

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Historical governance
Name Role Appointed by From To
Linda Hunter Local governor Appointed by GB/board 4 July 2019 14 April 2021
lesley Dodds Local governor Elected by school staff 26 March 2017 23 March 2021
Melanie Byers Local governor Appointed by GB/board 7 December 2017 19 March 2021
Regional schools commissioner (RSC) region
North of England
Government office region (GOR)
North East
Parliamentary constituency
Sunderland Central
Urban/rural description
(England/Wales) Urban major conurbation
Government Statistical Service (GSS) local authority code
Census ward
Middle super output area (MSOA)
Sunderland 023
Lower super output area (LSOA)
Sunderland 023D

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Free school meals

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